Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Chiles in Grövelsjön

Hi again!

We were up in the north last weekend. In the window of the mountain lodge at Grövelsjön, we found this plant :-) Totally unexpected to find peppers there!

Not very far away from the mountain lodge, there is the highest waterfall in Sweden. Njupeskär.

This is what I call a high quality lunch! Fantastic place!

Hot regards,
  Mats

Other chiles in Stockholm

Hi!

There is a commuter boat crossing the lake Riddarfjärden. Some days I take the boat home.

Yesterday I noticed a plant in the captain's hut. A cup wth a chile pepper plant. I couldn't read it all, but it has careful instructions about how to water it.
Isn't it great. Even chile peppers on the lake :-)

Wishing you a great week!
   Mats

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Moving out all of them

Hi!

Today I'm throwing the dice, and move out the rest of the plants. Some are in better shape than others, but I think it will be fine.



Patricia asks the usual question. Where will we sit?

Wishing you a great weekend!
   Mats

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Mango habanero salsa

Hi!

Harvest time! Yippee! My over-wintered habanero has ripe pods!

 I picked one of them, to use in a mango salsa, to go with the grilled tuna tonight.

The recipe - my basic mango habanero salsa:
 1 ripe mango
1 yellow habanero
1 fresh red onion, chopped
1 lime, juice from it
1-2 tablespoons caper, chopped
A lot of cilantro, finely chopped



This habanero was amazingly hot. As I'm writing this, my fingers are still burning from saving the seeds. Exactly how it should be :-)

Wishing you a great weekend!
   Mats

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Moving out a few of them

Hi!

I guess I have too many peppers. Some of my Capsicum annuum got spider mites. Not fun at all, but hopefully they will survive.

The ones under attack are:
  • Serrano
  • Mareka Fana (Berbere)
  • Roumanian Giallo
  • CA1
So in order to avoid that these little bastard mites do not to spread to other plants, I moved them out to the balcony today. and they will stay out there from now on.

Here they are under the protective net

But there is still a happy bunch inside.
Happy bunch
Last year's "Wild Brasil" has one ripe pod. They were very hot, but without any special taste.

The chiles are not alone out there. The black currant is outside all year around. Amazing that it survives being deep frozen during the winter. Here together with my peppermint and aloe vera.
More friends on the balcony
The agave will also stay there for the rest of the season. The defense system of the agave is amazing. I don't know how many times I have got one of those thorns in my forehead, legs, arms or hands.
Don't mess with me

Hot regards,
  Mats

Thursday, 5 May 2016

The starter kit for a great lunch

Hi!

The starter kit for a great lunch :-)

First. This sign near the salad bar made me smile!


Second. So nice to be able to have pickled cucumbers and jalapeños as a side dish.

Hot regards,
  Mats

Sunday, 24 April 2016

First visit to Diamante and the Peperoncino Festival

My first trip to Diamante was in 2001. The festival was in September, and the weather was great!

Welcome to the wonderful world of chile peppers :-)






Even chile peppers painted in the street to show the way



Peperoncino house from 1630



Harald and I are posing :-)


Having a break

Roasting peppers on the street. Fantastic smell.















Pepper sauce :-)

Even the barbershop is using chile peppers

And as decoration in the shoe store


And clothes...

Spicy ice cream






Nice hair cut


Diamante sunset













 


Up north, in Pisa


Peperoncinos in Genoa (?)

Diamante is a great place. Maybe it's getting time to go back there one day. :-)

Hot regards,
  Mats